Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; And let those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified!” Psalm 70:4 NKJV
It’s hard to imagine the pain and anguish that Job felt when all of his children died and all of his wealth and resources were taken and destroyed in one day. Then a flesh eating disease came upon him, which created scabs and continual pain to his entire body. It is at this point in his story that Job declared for God to be magnified as evidenced in his famous saying, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” Job 1:20
The psalmist uses two expressions to illustrate divine pursuit. The first is “to seek”, which is a worship term for entreating, asking, begging for God’s involvement. There is a temptation when we are enduring struggles and stress to whine and complain to God. Some are stuck on blaming God and have trouble moving forward.
The seeking pursuit puts us on the track of joy and gladness. You are not supposed to be happy about the terrible situation that you may be enduring. The reality may very well be that your situation sucks and is unfair. But, the joy and gladness comes in the character and goodness of God. When you turn your attention His direction, you can begin to experience the joy and gladness of heart that He imparts to those who are seeking Him, even in the middle of stress and pain. To our minds this doesn’t make sense. Yet, God blesses those who seek Him, with an inner joy and gladness.
The second pursuit flows forth from relationship. “Love your salvation” is an expression of close affection. Salvation is actually the root word for yeshua, the God who saves, and is the basis for the name of Jesus. Sadly, most of us and myself included, pursue our help and salvation through our own efforts and intellect. It’s not an outright rejection of God, but a desire to do it our own way without God’s involvement.
How do we move toward loving His salvation? Pursuing God with our words of affirmation. The psalmist redirects his life and thoughts by declaring, “Let God be magnified”. The word for magnified has a root meaning of “to twist” in other words to make stronger like a adding more lines to a rope. It also has a connotation of heaping or piling up to make larger.
Let your words declare the goodness and the greatness of God over every area of your life in need of salvation. How would the situation possibly change with God’s involvement in the area needing salvation? May God become greater in your marriage, your children’s life, your education, your work, your relationships, your health choices, your spiritual passions, your ability to walk through the yuck of life.
Speak it out. Declare with your own voice. God be magnified! Then may you experience the blessings of divine pursuit of joy, gladness and salvation.
Blessings Love y’all